|Home Arena:||BOK Center|
|Colors:||Maroon, navy blue, gray, white
|Owner(s):||Steven Brothers Sports Management|
|General Manager:||Taylor Hall|
|Head Coach:||Jason Christie|
|1992 to Present:||Tulsa Oilers|
|Regular Season Titles:||None|
|Ray Miron President's Cup:||1993|
The Tulsa Oilers are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL, formerly in the Central Hockey League. They played their home games at the Maxwell Center (also known as Cox Business Center) until 2008, when they moved into the new BOK Center. For many years, the Tulsa Oilers name was shared with Tulsa's former minor-league baseball team that pre-dated the Tulsa Drillers. To reduce confusion in local news reporting, the hockey team was often called the "Ice Oilers", a moniker that continues to this day among many Tulsans.
The Oilers were one of only two teams that played each season in the CHL since its rebirth in 1992 (the other being the Wichita Thunder) . The Oilers have a winning tradition, making the playoffs in nine of their 13 seasons.
Owner Jeff Lund played an integral part of assembling the 1992-93 team, a scrappy bunch led by veteran minor league coach and former NHL ironman Garry Unger. The team, anchored by high-scoring forward Sylvain Naud and veteran goalie Tony Martino, finished the regular season in second place, right behind intrastate rival Oklahoma City. However, in the revived league's first championship series the Oilers handily defeated the Blazers, clinching the title on OKC's home ice. Lund assumed ownership of the franchise in February 1999 after being the team's General Manager. Under Lund's direction, over two million fans have attended an Oilers game at the Tulsa Convention Center. Lund currently sits on the CHL Executive Committee.
The Central Hockey Leagues website announced on June 25, 2013 that Jeff Lund sold the franchise to Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC. They are also the owners of the Wichita Thunder. http://www.centralhockeyleague.com/news/index.html?article_id=9800
On October 7th, 2014 the Oilers announced on their website that they had been accepted as a new expansion team into the ECHL, as had the rest of the remaining franchises that were in the Central Hockey League. They were placed in the Central Division (along with the rest of the old CHL franchises) of the Western Conference.
Championships[edit | edit source]
|1992-1993||CHL||William “Bill” Levins Memorial Cup|
History[edit | edit source]
Tulsa has had several other low minor league hockey teams in its history, all nicknamed "Oilers."
AHA[edit | edit source]
The original Oilers joined the five team American Hockey Association as an expansion team in 1928. Their first home game was January 1, 1929, against the Duluth Hornets as part of the grand opening of the Tulsa Coliseum. The team won the AHA championship that season, and again in the 1930-31 season. For the 1932-33 season, the Oilers moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and became the St. Paul Greyhounds, but half way through the season they moved back to Tulsa once again becoming the Tulsa Oilers. At the end of the 1941-42 season the AHA disbanded due to World War II. Hockey Hall of Famers Duke Keats and Bill Cowley played for short periods on the Tulsa Oilers during this period.
USHL[edit | edit source]
The AHA was reorganized as the United States Hockey League for the 1945-46 season as a seven team league, once again including the Oilers. That league folded after the 1950-51 season. The team played at Avey's Coliseum during this time. Hockey Hall of Famer Clint Smith played the 47-48 season with the Tulsa Oilers after a stellar 11 year career in the NHL with the New York Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks and won the USHL Most Valuable Player award.
CHL[edit | edit source]
The original Central Hockey League was founded in the 1963-64 season. The second version of the Tulsa Oilers joined that league for the 1964-65 season. The team was based out of the Tulsa Convention Center from 1963 to 1983 and the Expo Square Pavilion on the Tulsa County Fairgrounds for the 1983-84 season. The team left Tulsa in February, 1984, when its owners went bankrupt and the team went into receivership. Other teams in the league paid to keep the Oilers in operation so as not to unbalance the schedule, and the team — under coach Tom Webster — went on to win the league championship, despite playing all games on the road after February. The league disbanded following the end of the season. Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost followed his 20 year NHL career with two seasons of play on the Tulsa Oilers in the 69-70 and 70-71 seasons.
CHL Reborn[edit | edit source]
A new Central Hockey League was created in 1992 as a centrally owned league, owned by Ray Miron and Bill Levins, and operated by Ray and Monte Miron and funded by Chicago businessman and minor league sports entrepreneur Horn Chen, and the Tulsa Oilers were a team once again. Ray once coached the Tulsa Oilers in the old CHL and his son Monte had played for the Tulsa Oilers in 1973-74. Tulsa claimed the CHL championship in the inaugural season.
Season records[edit | edit source]
|Season||GP||W||L||T||OL||SL||PTS||GF||GA||PIM||Regular Season Finish
|Central Hockey League|
|1992-93||60||35||22||-||1||2||73||270||230||1430||2nd overall||Won Championship|
|1993-94||64||36||24||-||4||0||76||347||281||1703||2nd overall||Lost Final|
|1994-95||66||36||24||6||-||0||78||307||281||1373||3rd overall||Lost first round|
|1995-96||64||26||33||-||0||5||57||244||302||1446||4th overall||Lost first round|
|1996-97||66||30||32||-||-||4||64||286||284||1552||3rd, Western||Lost first round|
|1997-98||70||34||31||-||-||5||73||308||274||2557||3rd, Western||Lost first round|
|1998-99||70||20||41||-||-||9||49||261||360||2276||6th, Western||Did not qualify|
|1999-00||70||38||27||-||-||5||81||251||244||2325||2nd, Western||Lost first round|
|2000–01||70||36||26||-||-||8||80||259||250||2030||5th of 6, Western Division||Lost 1st Round, 0-3 vs. Oklahoma City Blazers|
|2001–02||64||30||30||-||-||4||64||204||215||1701||2nd of 4, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2002–03||64||37||22||-||3||2||79||218||195||1704||3rd of 4, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2003–04||64||26||25||-||4||9||65||194||210||1198||4th of 5, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2004–05||60||32||25||-||1||2||67||206||210||1307||2nd of 5, Northeast Division||Lost 1st Round, 1-4 vs. Colorado Eagles|
|2005–06||64||29||28||-||4||3||65||209||227||1687||4th of 4, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2006–07||64||27||28||-||6||3||63||225||246||2044||4th of 4, Northeast Division||Did not qualify|
|2007–08||64||25||35||-||3||1||54||194||243||1438||4th of 5, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2008–09||64||18||38||-||3||5||44||179||270||1668||4th of 4, Northeast Division||Did not qualify|
|2009–10||64||28||29||-||4||3||63||203||230||1576||6th of 7, Northern Conference||Did not qualify|
|2010–11||66||35||25||-||5||1||76||242||234||1063||3rd of 9, Berry Conference||Lost 2nd Round, 2-3 vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs|
|2011–12||66||29||29||-||7||1||66||207||222||1000||5th of 7, Berry Conference||Did not qualify|
|2012–13||66||22||39||-||3||2||49||177||254||897||10th of 10, Berry Conference||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||66||34||29||-||0||3||71||225||215||1170||7th of 10, Berry Conference||Lost 1st Round, 2-4 vs. Denver Cutthroats|
|2014–15||72||37||29||-||3||3||80||248||244||1350||4th of 7, Central Division||Lost 1st Round, 1-4 vs. Allen Americans|
|2015–16||72||37||30||-||3||2||79||191||191||1083||3rd of 4, Central Division||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||72||27||37||-||6||2||62||194||241||N/A||5th of 7, Central Division||Did not qualify|
|2017–18||72||31||29||-||3||9||74||214||233||N/A||5th of 7, Central Division||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||72||42||24||-||4||2||90||236||198||N/A||1st of 7, Mountain Division||W, DSF 4-3 vs Kansas City Mavericks|
W, DF 4-2 vs Idaho Steelheads,
L, Conf. Final 3-4 vs Toledo Walleye
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|Franchise||Winnipeg Jets • Atlanta Thrashers • Coaches • Players (Current Roster) • Draft Picks • Seasons|
|Personnel||Owner: True North Sports & Entertainment (Mark Chipman, chairman) |
General Managers: Kevin Cheveldayoff
Head Coaches: Claude Noel • Paul Maurice
Captains: Andrew Ladd • Blake Wheeler
|Arenas||Bell MTS Place • MTS Iceplex (practice)|
|Affiliates||Manitoba Moose (AHL) • Jacksonville IceMen (ECHL)|
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